Thursday, June 26, 2014

Maestro Julius Rudel, RIP

Maestro Rudel passed away this morning.  He was all that is wonderful in opera, respect  for the music, a sense of adventure, giving the audience excitement and wonder. Instead of selecting posed, editorial images I've gone into the files, the candid behind the scene images, the work before the audience got the polished production. It was hard work, frustrating work, but satisfying and fun. First, in the auditorium during a BALLO rehearsal with John White. Mr. White watched the money.
MAGIC FLUTE rehearsal. Veronica Tyler as Pamina. 1967. David Bamberger stage director.
Working with Patricia Brooks,TRAVIATA 1967
Before a performance with Spiro Malas, MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 1967
Before ROSENKAVALIER 1967  with Felix Popper and Hans Sondheimer. Julius knew every light cue and where every bulb was.
Rehearsing CAVALLERIA 1967 with Frank Corsaro
More CAVALLERIA 1967, Corsaro and Francesca Roberto
Sills and Rudel before Act II MANON, 1969
Rehearsing 1968
FAUST rehearsal 1968 with Norman Treigle and Corsaro
Also with Sills  1968
MEFISTOFELE rehearsal 1969 with Tito Capobianco
MEFISTOFELE 1969 with Robert Nagy
MANON rehearsal  1970 with Placido Domingo and Felix Popper at piano
Rehearsal room, wide angle lens, 1970
ROBERTO DEVEREUX rehearsal with Sills, 1970
YOUNG LORD rehearsal 1973 with Sarah Caldwell
YOUNG LORD rehearsal 1973 with Sir Rudolf Bing
YOUNG LORD rehearsal 1973 with Christopher Keene and Sarah Caldwell
TURK IN ITALY rehearsal with Donald Gramm 1978
Birthday party 2011 with Placido Domingo
Birthday party 2011 with Sherrill Milnes
Maestro Rudel, we'll never forget what you gave us.   We love you.